Bumper to Bumper — The Worst Traffic Jams in History

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When you live in the city, traffic jams are just part and parcel of your life. Spending a few extra minutes in a traffic jam isn’t such a big deal, but what if traffic jammed for miles? Count yourself lucky that you didn’t get trapped in one these traffic jams. Stats come courtesy of Forbes.

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Beijing, China

This August 2010 traffic jam lasted for 12 days and stretched for 62 miles. It was blamed on too many cars being on the road at the same time.
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Bethel, New York

You might think traffic jams are a new thing with more cars on the roads, but this one happened in 1969. It lasted for three days and was due to the Woodstock Festival being held nearby.
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Chicago, Illinois

In February of 2011, more than 20 inches of snow fell in Chicago and left drivers stuck in traffic as snow piled over them for 12 hours.
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East/West Germany

Back in 1980, just after the Berlin wall fell, people eager to get from side to side clogged the roads with over 18 million cars.
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Interstate 45, Texas

As Hurricane Rita bore down on Houston in 2005, evacuees clogged the highway toward Galveston for more than 48 hours.
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Lyon-Paris, France

In 1980, a combination of vacationers returning home and poor weather created a traffic jam that stretched for 109 miles.
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Moscow, Russia

When a terrible storm blew through the area in 2012, traffic was stopped for three days on the road between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
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New York City

A traffic jam isn’t entirely surprising in New York City, but in 2001, traffic was stopped all over the city after the Twin Towers fell.
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San Paulo, Brazil

In 2009, Brazil reported one of the worst traffic jams ever recorded. It stretched for a staggering 182 miles.
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Tokyo, Japan

The combination of a holiday and a typhoon warning caused a massive traffic jam between Hyogo and Shiga.
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